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World Freedom Day: IGP Cautions Police Commanders over Media Attacks

by KP
posted onMay 3, 2022

The Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola has warned Police commanders against attacks on journalists.

This warning is contained on his message to journalists and media practitioners as they commemorate the World Press Freedom Day. He said that police and media relations have tremendously improved due to adequate training, extended to all police officers on the roles and functions of journalists, as well as regular refresher courses on media roles and policing.

“For instance, this year alone, there has been a tremendous reduction in the use of teargas as a crowd dispersal method and very few incidents of physical attacks, on journalists and disruption of media workers,” Okoth said in his statement.

He added that acts of interference and obstruction of journalism work, like seizing or damaging cameras, intimidation and other disruptive behavior have also reduced, due to the increased levels of awareness and sensitization on media roles.

“To uphold this role, the IGP send out a very strong reminder to all territorial commanders, that any attacks against journalists, are unacceptable and must not go unpunished. In addition, all commanders should act quickly where journalists are threatened and initiate prompt, thorough and transparent investigations, and perpetrators brought to book,” he said.

He added that the office of the Police Press and Public Relations will continue fast tracking all incidents involving journalists, including citizen journalists and ensure their rights are protected.

“Therefore, as we celebrate the World Press Freedom Day, the leadership of the Joint Security Agencies, reiterate their commitment to strengthen its relationship with the media. We are going to ensure you are better protected, as you strive to access information,” he added.

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